Apple Admits Products Are Vulnerable to Hackers - including iPhones, iPods and iPads

  • metta

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    Feb 23, 2014 4:21 PM GMT
    Apple Admits Products Are Vulnerable to Hackers

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2014/02/apple-admits-products-vulnerable-to-hackers/
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    Feb 23, 2014 5:24 PM GMT
    No big surprise, really. Though I have to admit it's nice to see Apple readily admit there was a security flaw so I can stop hearing all this total b/s about how "Mac doesn't get viruses".

    All systems have security flaws. Keep your software (and antivirus software) up to date, ppl.

    Edit: Should also admit I'm happy to hear that when they admitted it - they had a fix for it. I'm just concerned how long they knew about it before actually saying something..
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Feb 23, 2014 5:35 PM GMT
    Finally! Most crapple owners say "Oh Apple products are impervious to any virus." I'll laugh when they get one because they don't have protection.
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    Feb 23, 2014 6:28 PM GMT
    This isn't a virus, and it's not about Macs. It's about a security weakness in Internet wireless transmissions from Apple mobile devices, like iPhones and iPads.
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    Feb 23, 2014 6:30 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidThis isn't a virus, and it's not about Macs. It's about a security weakness in wireless transmissions to the Internet from Apple mobile devices, like iPhones and iPads.


    lol that's even worse
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    Feb 23, 2014 6:33 PM GMT
    somersault said
    ART_DECO saidThis isn't a virus, and it's not about Macs. It's about a security weakness in Internet wireless transmissions from Apple mobile devices, like iPhones and iPads.

    lol that's even worse

    Explain.
  • MotorBrett

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    Feb 23, 2014 6:44 PM GMT
    For clarity's sake, this is an SSL authentication exploit flaw which has already resolved with the iOS 7.0.6 update released yesterday. The flaw allows for a Man-in-the-Middle attack by someone on the same wired/wireless connection to pose as the trusted end-user and intercept/modify encrypted data being sent between a device and the secure server. Theoretically, this could also be used to deliver an exploit to a computer system that would allow for it to be controlled remotely. While this has been resolved for iOS devices, the OSX operating system has yet release a critical update, but Apple has released a statement that they are working on it.

    The take away from all this? It might not be wise to use your Mac on public WiFi until the OSX fix is released. Also, update your iOS devices.
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    Feb 23, 2014 7:18 PM GMT
    MotorBrett saidFor clarity's sake, this is an SSL authentication exploit flaw which has already resolved with the iOS 7.0.6 update released yesterday. The flaw allows for a Man-in-the-Middle attack by someone on the same wired/wireless connection to pose as the trusted end-user and intercept/modify encrypted data being sent between a device and the secure server. Theoretically, this could also be used to deliver an exploit to a computer system that would allow for it to be controlled remotely. While this has been resolved for iOS devices, the OSX operating system has yet release a critical update, but Apple has released a statement that they are working on it.

    The take away from all this? It might not be wise to use your Mac on public WiFi until the OSX fix is released. Also, update your iOS devices.

    I did yesterday, both iPhones and both iPads. I also understand there are no known cases of such an interception occurring. WiFi connections are short range, the Man-in-the-Middle would need to bring eavesdropping capability with him to use nearby. So I'm thinking my iPads and iPhones likely haven't been compromised during WiFi use.
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    Feb 23, 2014 7:29 PM GMT
    ThatSwimmerGuy saidFinally! Most crapple owners say "Oh Apple products are impervious to any virus." I'll laugh when they get one because they don't have protection.

    +1
    like they don't use condom or ever need right? Loz..

    On the other hand this is old like I've Will never see this coming.

    #meh.
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    Feb 23, 2014 9:46 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    somersault said
    ART_DECO saidThis isn't a virus, and it's not about Macs. It's about a security weakness in Internet wireless transmissions from Apple mobile devices, like iPhones and iPads.

    lol that's even worse

    Explain.

    A security weakness basically is an open door for hackers to go through. Even more conveniently it is an "Internet wireless transmissions" flaw. So make sure to update your fapple devices.
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    Feb 23, 2014 11:42 PM GMT
    MotorBrett saidFor clarity's sake, this is an SSL authentication exploit flaw which has already resolved with the iOS 7.0.6 update released yesterday. The flaw allows for a Man-in-the-Middle attack by someone on the same wired/wireless connection to pose as the trusted end-user and intercept/modify encrypted data being sent between a device and the secure server. Theoretically, this could also be used to deliver an exploit to a computer system that would allow for it to be controlled remotely. While this has been resolved for iOS devices, the OSX operating system has yet release a critical update, but Apple has released a statement that they are working on it.

    The take away from all this? It might not be wise to use your Mac on public WiFi until the OSX fix is released. Also, update your iOS devices.


    Thanks for the explanation ... I can finally understand what was all this about.
  • metta

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    Feb 25, 2014 4:36 PM GMT
    The Apple Security Hole Keeps Getting Worse

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/24/apple-security_n_4847109.html
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    Feb 25, 2014 4:58 PM GMT
    ThatSwimmerGuy said
    ART_DECO said
    somersault said
    ART_DECO saidThis isn't a virus, and it's not about Macs. It's about a security weakness in Internet wireless transmissions from Apple mobile devices, like iPhones and iPads.

    lol that's even worse

    Explain.

    A security weakness basically is an open door for hackers to go through. Even more conveniently it is an "Internet wireless transmissions" flaw. So make sure to update your fapple devices.

    Exactly. Which means you must be using a WiFi network shared by others. As opposed to viruses that come hidden in emails and other programs.

    So far there doesn't seem to be any reported exploitation of this weakness. And I've already got my 4 mobile Apple devices updated. Our desktop Macs don't get taken to coffee shops, so I think we're safe there, too, until the fix is provided.

    Funny, in 30 years of Apple computer and mobile device use I've never had a virus or hardware failure. Wish I could say the same for my partners and BFs with their PCs. Both my late & current partners had PC viruses, and their computers ultimately failed. So I bought them Macs - no more problems. icon_biggrin.gif